Updated: Jun 21, 2020
Do you know what question I am never asked?
What do you do when life gets easy?
Countless times people ask what to do when life gets hard, when this or that happens. But what if we don’t know what to do in the hard times because we are not doing anything when life is easy?
A friend of mine likes to say it is better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war. For me, this is a season of a beautiful garden after a terrible war, and let me tell you, it is an unbelievable feeling. Maybe you know it well. I have finally caught up on my mental health, had a chance to spend time with the right people, picked up new hobbies, dusted the old ones and had an amazing time with God along the way.
Enjoying the gardens of life is important; God places them there for us to recover and rest. However, that is not all. After we recover, He wants us to get ready for the next war that will almost inevitably come.
I often think of the hard times as the things that build me up the most. However, while God is certainly using them, we cannot neglect the time of preparation for the war. Maybe we do not have a problem believing the truth when everything goes according to the plan, but once things start to fall and the enemy starts to scream the lies straight into our face, it is too late to train for the battle.
It is like an exam; you don’t expect to learn everything with a test and an answer sheet in front of you. Instead, you study way before that when you have enough time and all the resources. You walk into the exam hall, sit down and rely on what you know. If you are not sure about a question, you skip it – there is no time or possibility to be able to figure it out on the spot.
It is the same in a war. You don’t learn the moves as you go, you don’t learn how to use a shield as the arrows are coming at you, and you don’t learn how to properly buckle your shoes as you’re running for life. A more efficient strategy is to train in the time of peace so you are ready when the time comes and can rely on your deeply rooted habits, instincts and knowledge.
“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13 (NIV)
We like to preach on the armor of God but forget about the verse right before it. Paul says “when the day comes” because we are expected to put our armor on before the day so that we may stand.
He does not say: “Uh-oh the enemy attacked! You better put that armor on those pretty bad wounds you already got!”
No, He says put it on now – before the battle, so you are not even scratched later.
Gardens are to be enjoyed, but when the day to leave the garden comes, you want to have your armor ready. Get into the habit of regular prayer time and reading of the Word. Ask God to teach you more about who He is and who you are. Ask Him to point to the weaknesses of your personality so you can become stronger in the time when it is easy. Ask Him to point to the right people to be on the journey with and listen to what He wants to say.
Lastly, getting ready for the battle does not have to be boring, hard or scary. It does not have to give you anxiety about what might come – not with our Father! Enjoy the time of walking closer with Him and growing the roots, and do it in your style! Whatever it is that you love the most, invite God into those activities, and let Him speak into your life and heart.
All you need to do is to be willing and intentional because our Father can do amazing things with a faithful heart. If you let Him, He will make you a warrior in your garden so that you are prepared when the battle comes.
So here is a question for you today: what do you do when life gets easy?